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The Twelfth Man

The twelfth man

Mamnoon Hussain has been elected amid controversy as the twelfth president of Pakistan. Nine of his predecessors were either power-addicted generals or devious politicians who did incalculable harm to the…

A Flawed Kashmir Policy

A flawed Kashmir policy

The exact details of what happened in the clash in which five Indian soldiers were killed on the night between August 6 and 7 in the Poonch sector of the…

Policy Failure In GB

Policy failure in GB

Building peace in Gilgit-Baltistan is not a matter of virtue or high moral principle; it is one of necessity and the survival of the people of the region. Building and…

The Making Of An Asian Tiger

The making of an Asian tiger

The remarkable economic success of the ‘Asian Tigers’ (South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong) has long fascinated the world, Asia in particular. The Asian Tigers resurfaced during the May…

Secrecy In Democracy

Secrecy in democracy

Dr. Samuel Johnson wondered “whether a secret has not some subtle volatility by which it escapes imperceptibly, at the smallest vent, or some power of fermentation, by which it expands…

Smile Of The Alien Within

Smile of the alien within

‘Wo ghareeb dil ko sabaq miley ki khushi ke naam se dar gaya; Kabhi tum ne hans ke jo baat ki to hamara chehra utar gaya.’ (The trauma of your…

The Rupee Under Pressure

The rupee under pressure

Pakistan and the IMF have reached a staff level agreement for a $5.3 billion bailout programme. Before this programme is presented to the executive board of the IMF for its…

Egypt, Egypt

Egypt, Egypt

In less than 30 months, Egyptians have forced two presidents out of office. While the first Egyptian revolution – in 2011 – took about three weeks to humble the modern-day…

Spirituality And Society

Spirituality and society

This column is based on a very useful and enlightening discussion I had with my dear friends, Prof Dr Muhammad Al-Ghazali and Prof Dr Khaleeq-uz-Zaman. In one of my previous…